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Editor’s Note: This article is brought to you by our friends at Amaru Nicaragua.

Nicaragua is a place that’s captured the imaginations and hearts of many surfers, not only here in California, but across the world. Barreling beach breaks, warm water, and south swell-magnets galore sure sounds like paradise. Now’s the time of year that such breaks start lighting up – it’s also the time of year that wave-starved surfers that rely on Northern Hemis start looking south.

Deciding on a surf trip can be a daunting prospect. There are a lot of options. If Nicaragua is on your list (and it should be), the hosts at Amaru Wellness Resort know how to create an epic experience. Read on to learn more or check out Amaru’s room and package options here.

The boom

The Boom, Nicaragua’s world-class beach break, with left and right barrels, just a few minutes walk from Amaru. Photo: Amaru Nicaragua.

Northern Nicaragua’s Pacific coastline is starting to draw increasing attention for its barreling A-frame beach break known as The Boom. The wave itself is recognized as a world-class break, drawing surfers from all over the world. But despite the recognition, the area remains a destination for uncrowded waves and a tropical escape from the grind of day-to-day life here in the States, with some of the most user-friendly barrels in the world.

Amaru is a unique surf-style resort that goes further than surfing perfect waves; incorporating health, adventure, and luxury into a one of a kind experience guests will never forget. Inclusive packages for surfers and non-surfers alike are fully customizable and include yoga and wellness (activities), meals made from organic and local ingredients, guided adventures and the nicest rooms in the area.

Amaru from above

Amaru from above. Photo: Amaru Nicaragua.

“We’re not your run-of-the-mill surf camp,” says co-founder Gerritt Cooper. Gerritt was born and raised on the island of Kauai. Chatting with him, it’s obvious he’s brought the aloha with him to Nicaragua as well. A permaculture gardener by trade, Gerritt traveled the world before falling in love with northern Nicaragua. “I’ve been on a lifelong search for great, empty waves and a beautiful community to share them with,” says Gerritt. “Aserradores won my heart instantly and I couldn’t be more stoked to set my roots here and make this place my home.” After working for other surf camps and resorts in the area, Gerritt and a few others founded Amaru.

The resort sits on a 25-acre point of jungle, orchards and gardens dotted by a yoga shala, massage palapa and various accommodations (photo above). The point separates The Boom from Playa Aposentillo, which Gerritt calls a “world class beginner wave.” A ten-minute walk though the jungle takes you to The Boom, ten minutes in the other direction is Aposentillo. And with a wide variety of waves just a short car or boat-trip away, there’s always surf to be had. Gerritt’s favorite part about the area? “Northern Nicaragua exists as one of the last enclaves where the local community and expats live in harmony, with a focus on benefitting the community,” says Gerritt. “There are no sub-divisions, and everyone co-exists in the authenticity of Nicaraguan culture.”

Amaru waves

Waves for everyone, no matter what kind of waves you’re looking for. Photo: Amaru Nicaragua.

The story of Amaru begins and ends with trust. The trust that Gerritt and the rest of the Amaru team have built within the local community, and the trust that travelers place in Amaru to deliver the high-quality experience they’re looking for. Whether that’s a beginner to expert surf retreat, a digital nomad stay (Amaru has the best internet in the area) or time to unplug, engage in yoga, and eat healthy with farm-to-table meals, Amaru Wellness Resort should be at the top of your list.

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Juancho Amaru Wellness Resort

Juancho, smiling big as he always does. The Amaru family is a big one, and it gets bigger with every visitor. Photo: Amaru Nicaragua.



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